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Fri
15
Jun

Hampton School Board adopts new math curriculum

The Hampton School Board adopted two new math curriculums Monday for grades preschool through eighth grade with teacher training scheduled to begin later this week. For a detailed story, see this week's ANR.

Fri
15
Jun

Operation Shine

Briggs Whalen arrived in style to his first-ever Operation Shine Camp on June 8. The camp, housed at Covenant Cedars Bible Camp just north of Hordville, welcomed more than a dozen campers from all over Nebraska for an unforgettable camping experience, specialized for campers with extra needs. For a full report, see this week's ANR.

Wed
13
Jun

Budget talks up next for city’s EMS advisory committee

The Aurora EMS Study Committee recommended last week that billing services for a potential fire-based system be outsourced to the same Omaha company now used by the county-run ambulance service.
Consensus on that issue was unanimous, as committee members expressed confidence in the quality of work being done by EMS Billing Services, as well as a reluctance to add another element of change during a time of such major transition.

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Wed
13
Jun

‘Pull factor’ reflects area’s shopping trends, retail leakage

A report filled with mostly positive economic and demographic trends for Aurora and Hamilton County has one section that stands out as a potential red-flag alert.
“Pull factor,” a term used to measure non-motor vehicle sales on a per capita basis, reflects a significant amount of retail leakage, which means many folks are going online or out of town to do much of their shopping.

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Wed
13
Jun

4R board reviews policy mandating summer reading program

The 4R board met Monday to discuss policy and handbook changes for the next semester.
Due to a bill that was passed by the unicameral, beginning in the 2019-20 school year the school district will administer reading assessments approved by the Nebraska Department of Education three times during the school year to kindergarten through third grade students and a reading improvement plan will be developed by the teacher, principal, other school personnel and parents/guardians for students identified as having a reading deficiency. The update to the policy also indicated that the school will provide a supplemental reading intervention program that will include a summer reading program.

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Wed
13
Jun

Midwest Medical representatives do not see increase in transfers on horizon

Sean DeLancey and Tim Hoffman from Midwest Medical Transport Company came before the board June 4 to give a presentation on what the EMS company could provide for Hamilton County. The numbers they based their presentation on included 400 billable 911 calls, plus 165 transfers, putting the total cost for the service at an estimated $568,165, less an estimated $238,185 in revenue for a subsidy of $340,000. Those call numbers were based on historical call data from Hamilton County, which interim ambulance director Brent Dethlefs confirmed was 398 last year, in addition to transfers Midwest Medical already performs out of the hospital in Aurora.

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Wed
13
Jun

New stretcher to be purchased

The Hamitlton County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to approve the purchase of a Stryker Power Pro XT stretcher with additional add-ons for $15,355.14. The new cot will replace a 2008 model currently in service with the Aurora Ambulance Department.

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Wed
13
Jun

Hamilton County Can Care-a-Van a huge success

Hamilton County residents rallied behind the cause at the 31st annual Can Care-a-Van. In its 14th year at the Hamilton County Food Pantry, the drive’s initial goal of 20,000 pounds was surpassed by more than 10,000 pounds.
Despite a total intake less than last year’s total, each and every pound of the 33,346 total pounds of food collected will be distributed to Hamilton County residents in need of food for their families.

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Wed
13
Jun

Giltner School Board approves new curriculum

The Giltner School Board spent much of its regular monthly meeting Monday night discussing curriculum changes for the upcoming school year.
Two different curriculums were discussed and weighed by the board before deciding with a 4-0 vote on Big Ideas for $14,538.

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Wed
06
Jun

Ediger, Klawonn to be inducted into AHS Hall of Fame

The Aurora Alumni Association has chosen Dr. Thomas Ediger, class of 1968, and Brenda Klawonn, class of 1988, as the 2018 Aurora Alumni Association Hall of Fame recipients.
Dr. Thomas Ediger was raised in Aurora, was an Eagle Scout, and graduated from Aurora High School in 1968. He was a class officer, participated in all things musical, coedited the high school newspaper, delivered one of the graduation speeches and was voted “most likely to succeed.”
He earned his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Nebraska and went on to earn a masters degree in piano performance and a doctorate in theory and composition. He then joined the Peru State College faculty in 1979 where he was the director of the concert choir and madrigal singers until his untimely death in 2014 following heart surgery.

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